I love this kitchen makeover (@ birdcrafts). The red really makes it pop.
Here's a fun alternative birthday party: Brownie Bar Sundaes @ I Blame My Mother. Take note of the goodie bags as well.
For those of us who are mothers of boys, reading Raising Boys @ Moms in Need of Mercy should be required. I found this quick read to be beneficial in gaining some perspective.
I have to get up the nerve to try a Pillowcase Dress like this one at Little Lizard King. Hit a thrift store and they'd make great clothing for Baby Girl in the summer.